The fashion industry has been under fire for its contribution to global warming due to its heavy carbon footprint. The pollution comes from the use of dyes and chemicals for the mass production of synthetic fabrics such as polyester, nylon, and acrylic. These fabrics are not biodegradable and have the same environmental drawbacks as plastic. As of now an average of 14 million tons of clothes make it into the landfill every year and it has doubled in less than 20 years.
Fashion houses are taking steps towards developing a sustainable approach and making sure to voice their opinion on the matter. This past June, Prada released its Re-Nylon collection - unisex handbags made with repurposed nylon from ocean plastics, nets and textile waste. Prada has made it their mission to only use nylon that has been repurposed by 2021. Dior decided to create a tribute to nature during its 2020 spring show in Paris. The runway was constructed by placing rows of 12-foot-tall trees next to each other to create a forest for the collection to emerge from. The 164 trees used in the show have been replanted in a sustainable projects around Paris.
Fashion does not need to revolve around the development of new garments. Its the rejuvenation of textiles and materials, its the appreciation of the vintage, the classic, and timeless. Sustainability is the new approach to fashion.